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Krishna dancing on the head of Kaliya

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  • Description

    The freethinking Akbar commissioned illustrations to a number of Hindu mythological texts. The Harivamsha narrates the early life of Krishna among the villagers of the Braj region. Even in infancy he revealed his divine nature by feats of strength and slaying demons. Here the young Krishna overcomes the serpent Kaliya, whose presence in the Jumna river had threatened the villagers and their cows. Playing his flute, Krishna dances victoriously on the serpent’s heads.

  • Details

    Genealogy of the god Vishnu
    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1590 - 1595
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Akbar (ruled 1556 - 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 42.5 x 30.4 x 2.3 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 30.9 x 18.8 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 6 on p. 34, p. 17, illus. p. 35

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